GCSE Level Fine Art

At Key Stage 4 all students study the AQA Fine Art Specification. Click here for the specification.

Component 1: Portfolio

No time limit
Portfolio: 96 marks
Weighting: 60% of total GCSE marks

The emphasis of this component will be on the development of understanding & skills using an appropriate range of fine art materials & processes. Students will explore the use of drawing using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales. Students will use sketchbooks and explore relevant resources relating to a range of art, craft and design.

Areas of study

Students are required to work in one or more areas of fine art:

-Drawing & painting
-Mixed media
-Sculpture
-Ceramics
-Installation
-Printmaking
-Moving image & photography

Each student must include in their portfolio:

-A selection of work that demonstrates the breadth and depth of the fine art course

-One project based on an idea, concept, theme or issue demonstrating the student’s ability to sustain work from an initial starting point to a realisation. It should include evidence of their ability to research and develop ideas & link their work in a meaningful way to relevant critical/contextual materials.

Portfolios may also include:

-Sketchbooks or a series of related images mounted on sheets.
-Where appropriate test pieces, samples, storyboards, models etc.

GCSE Level Art – Component 2: Externally set assignment

Preparation period + 10 hours supervised time
Externally set assignment: 96 marks
Weighting: 40% of total GCSE marks

Separate question papers will be provided for each title. These will consist of a choice of 7 questions to be used as starting points. Students are required to select one. Students will be given their exam papers on 1st January, or as soon as possible after that date. After receiving the paper, students should select one starting point. Prep work should be presented in any suitable format eg mounted sheets, sketchbooks etc.
Supervised time – 10 hours

Following the prep period, students must complete 10 hours of unaided supervised time. The first 3 hours of supervised time must be consecutive.

In the 10 hours students must produce a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes informed by their prep work.

Students must stop work on their prep work as soon as the first period of supervised time starts. Students may refer to their prep work in the supervised time, but it must not be added to or amended.

Some of the processes that students have opportunities to experience include;
Drawing, painting, printmaking (various types), collage, assemblage, photography, animation, computer based image manipulation, clay work and textiles.